Story: Brian Buccellato
Art: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran
What They Say:
Superman has battled against an army of Green Lanterns and the assembled forces of magic and remained standing. But how will he fare against the Gods themselves?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Having come in a bit late to the game, I started this with the year three stories and got hooked after a free issue an ran through that run as it came out. While curious about the first two years, I haven’t picked them up but I’ve been excited to see where it all goes from the third year. After a pretty fun annual last week that added a little more color to the field, the fourth year gets underway with this installment and the long game is definitely in motion. As talked about before, a lot of the appeal here is that the series can takes chances and risks and make real changes to the layout of what it does without worrying about continuity. It’s like an event series unbeholden to everything else. And that freedom definitely makes it engaging to read.
With the fourth year, it’s been a few months since events played out that saw the dynamic change a bit and for Superman to be in a position of true power now. The world is at greater peace than it ever has been and people are seemingly happy, or so we’re told, and there’s a positive feeling of life under the rule of Superman. But Superman himself is struggling with the inability of anyone to find Batman or any of those that were with him during the last conflict. Since everyone knows that Batman never gives up, he knows that Bruce will be coming back with another plan at some point since the wo simply do not see eye to eye. But while he has this focus, he’s also losing some of what made his place firm. His intensity in getting Bruce has him coming across more as a tyrant in regards to talking with others, and even Hal finally starts standing up to him a bit, though at a huge potential risk. It’s only Diana that eases down the situation a bit, but even there she’s basically admitting that things aren’t going to go well with the path that Superman is on since he’s treating allies like subjects, often without realizing it since he’s now just assured in his position.
While we see the dynamic change going on there and how the world is at this stage, we see the seeds growing elsewhere of what’s to come. After Ares had his time in the previous encounter, he sees opportunity to bring the gods of Olympus back into play and to their rightful stature. Or at least his own through manipulating others. With some choice words with Hercules, you can see how he’s intent on changing the status quo there and looking for allies/pawns through which to work. Which is why it’s no surprise that Batman is the one ready to take him up on his mysterious offer to work together to unseat Superman. Considering that Ares has been defeated before, it’s a trading of manageable evils, but a dangerous proposition nonetheless. That said, with Bruce pushed further and further to the edge and running out of scenarios that might work, he’s digging into interesting territory, particularly as we get Alfred trying to put him on the right track.
The fourth year of Injustice gets off the ground in a good way by spending most of its time showing us the position of the two “generals” of this war and where things stand after the third year series. There’s some good establishing of things here that sets the tone well and it does feel like a solid continuation of where we left off, just with the angle shifting from that of magic and the cast there to that of the gods and what they bring to the table. That’ll give Diana an increased role likely, and provide Superman with a different challenge and some real problems for Batman as well, one might suspect. The book reads very well and is definitely solid in the art department in giving it a clean easily accessible look while also changing things up lightly here and there. A very fun read that has me looking forward to more of this series.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: May 6th, 2015